September 17th, 2012 – The Secretariat of the Central American Economic Integration council reports that Central America’s exports were valued at $10.5 billion dollars during the first four months of the year.
This figure is almost 7 percent higher than that recorded a year ago. The category that most contributed to buoyant sales were coffee, tea, fruit, appliances and electrical equipment, and sugar.
In that period, Costa Rica was the Central America’s largest exporter, with $3.8 billion dollars in exports, as well as the region’s largest importer, importing some $5.5 billion dollars in goods.
The intelligence director of PROCOMER, Francisco Gamboa, explained that in the early months of the year the country was able to increase its sales despite difficult international economic conditions.
The main export destinations of the region during the period January-April 2012 were the United States, other countries in Central America, the European Union and Mexico.
Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are the countries that follow Costa Rica in export quantity.
The United States remains the region’s largest trading partner.